At the Circulating Library Author Information: Mary H. Huddleston

Author: Mary H. Huddleston (born 1839)

Biography: Mary H. Huddleston was born in 1839 in Penrith, Cumbria, the third daughter of Methodist minister William H. Huddleston and Mary Singleton. Her elder sister was novelist Amelia Edith Barr. As a young woman she moved to Leeds with her younger sister Alethia Mona. Following her sister's lead, Mary wrote fiction beginning with the novellas Amy Athelstone (1866?) and Milly Clifford (neither can be traced) and following with three more substantial works. According to the introduction to her novel Galveston (1868), it was based on a trip to the United States, presumably to visit Barr who lived in Texas. Advertisements suggest Alethia wrote a novel as well, but it cannot be traced. Mary's death cannot be traced, but must have occurred between 1881 and 1901.

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References: British Census (1871, 1881); "Famous Lady Novelists," Bradford Weekly Telegraph (13 October 1905)

Fiction Titles:

  1. Galveston: A Sequel to "Amy Athelstone".  1 vol.  London: Simpkin, 1868.
  2. Rueben Gaunt: The Leeds Temperance Novel.  1 vol.  London: Elliot Stock, 1878.
  3. John Hazlehurst: or, Original Sin.  1 vol.  London: Elliot Stock, 1881.